Real Estate Investment Solutions
Welcome to the Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing podcast. This podcast introduces our cast of regulars from Frank Taylor who owns and operates Frank Taylor Consulting - FTC. In this episode, Jared interviews Frank about his early beginnings in real estate and about the evolution of FTC and the Let's be Frank podcast. Jared Shier is a graduate from Western University with a degree in Global Economics where he graduated with distinction. He has been investing in the stock market from the age of 13 and has a firm grasp on financial markets. Jared was a commercial real estate analyst who focused on multi-residential and office building analysis. He eventually transitioned from working in traditional real-estate to working at one of Canada's largest banks as an associate portfolio manager. His desire is to build financial freedom through real estate investments.
Peter Cass from Cass and Bishop is a real estate lawyer in Burlington Ontario. Peter has specialized in all aspects of investment real estate since 1970 and most importantly has extensive experience in all market conditions. In our introductory episode, Frank interviews Peter, where we get to tap into Peter's vast knowledge and expertise on real estate and the number of different business models that reside within it. We hope that you find Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing podcast to be one that you thoroughly enjoy.
Episode 1 Gary Hibbert - All you need to know about Rent to Own
We are extremely excited to feature Gary Hibbert on Let’s be Frank. We begin our show with a legal opinion from Peter Cass on his experiences with the Rent to Own model over the decades. Frank Taylor and Jared Shier enthusiastically discuss our first podcast guest, Gary Hibbert who is a very successful realtor, real estate investor, host of Real Talk with Gary and is an owner of Smart Home Choice Inc in Ajax, Ontario. Gary is a father of 2 young adult children and partner in business with his wife Darlene who is a mortgage broker. Gary talks with Frank Taylor about his beginnings dating back to his family influences at an early age. Gary began his professional career in the banking sector and overtime started tapping into real estate investing for his future. Frank and Gary talk about how he originally began to grow a large Rent to Own practice and how that all transitioned over time. We talk about the Pros and Cons of that business model and have a sincere discussion on the importance of self improvement and self reflection. Gary's podcast show “Real Talk with Gary” was an inspiration for Frank on how he wanted his podcast to reflect genuine sincerity with grounded opinions that reflected real world situations.
We are extremely proud and honored to have Gary Hibbert as our very first guest! We hope you enjoy the conversations between Frank Taylor and Gary Hibbert on the premiere show of Let's be Frank about Real Estate Investing.
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Always remember, “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” so please reach out to Frank for all your real estate investment needs. In the end, it will save you time and money!
Episode 2 Justin Taylor - GreenRock Canada's #1 Residential Property Management Firm
Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing is extremely proud to have Justin Taylor (who is unrelated) COO of GreenRock Property Management and GreenRock Property Advisors as our second guest. As always, we start the show with a legal perspective from Peter Cass on his experiences and the importance of good management of assets. We then hear from Frank Taylor and Jared Shier on their thoughts on Justin’s fabulous episode. Then to the big show! Justin’s career is fascinating as he speaks with Frank about the beginning of his career after graduating with an Economics Degree in the US and landing his first job in California with Canadian Developer Bramalea Limited. From there, Justin joined his father’s business in England, Tudor Caterers Limited, who, at the time, acquired a castle that they were restoring into a boutique hotel / restaurant known today as Thornbury Castle in Bristol England. After building further assets in hospitality Justin oversaw the sale of the family firm, then traveled to Portugal to pursue investment related assets along the coastline and later moved his family back to Canada. Justin then landed a role at Greenwin which also managed ResREIT that, at the time, managed 12,000 residential units, known today as CapRIET. Justin eventually became Director of Operations at ResRIET. Once ResRIET was sold to CapRIET Justin went on to form a national startup storage company.
Always wanting to be involved in high scale commercial towers since university, Justin had the incredible opportunity to become the General Manager of a trophy tower known as Scotia Plaza located in downtown Toronto. Justin then became Director of Commercial Real Estate for ScotiaBank where he oversaw and managed 6 million square ft of space throughout North and South America. Having known the Green family personally, while at Greenwin, Justin left ScotiaBank to become the COO of GreenRock Property Management / Advisors, a boutique family owned management firm that self manages a few thousand residential units and oversees approx 1 million sq ft of office space in Toronto.
In 2021 GreenRock was named by the Apartment Association of Canada as the #1 Property Management firm in Canada and further was awarded for their asset Postmedia Place for the 2020 BOMA Toronto CREST Award, an extremely proud moment for the entire GreenRock Team. Frank and Justin have a fantastic conversation packed with insights that we think you will truly enjoy.
Welcome to Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing, we truly hope you enjoy the show.
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Episode 3 Alisa Choi Darcy - Creative Thinking with CoLiving
Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing is extremely proud to have Alisa Choi Darcy as our next guest on the podcast. As always, we start the show with a legal perspective from Peter Cass on his experiences with Coliving / Roomie House assets. We then hear from Frank and Jared Shier on their thoughts on this terrific episode. Then to the big show, Frank Taylor discusses how Alisa Choi Darcy started a new business model in the midst of a pandemic that has taken off. Alisa shares her family story, having immigrated from Hong Kong with her family when she was a young child to moving to Penticton, British Columbia. Alisa was brought up in a hardworking immigrant family who sought out real estate investing as a long term way to build wealth and cash flow. Alisa later moved with her family to Vancouver and experienced what it was like to start over again. This fueled an appreciation for entrepreneurship where she eventually built a successful marketing and advertising firm from the ground up. Upon later moving to Toronto, Alisa made the decision to move into a Coliving property because she knew no one in Toronto other than a few family members and wanted to expand her social circle. After seeing excellent opportunities in that investment space, Alisa, along with a few partners, started Mimos Coliving and she hasn’t looked back. Alisa has also been featured in a chapter of the book called “From Ordinary to Extraordinary” a book about women involved in real estate investing which can be found on Amazon. It was an incredibly enjoyable time discussing what Frank feels is a great opportunity if one is willing to “think outside of the box” and to turn an unlikely opportunity into a big winner!
Always remember, “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” so reach out and call Frank for all your investment real estate needs. In the end, it will save you time and get you to where you need to be cost effectively.
Season Finale - Episode 4 - Steve Kulakowsky - Core Urban, Hamilton's Mixed Use Innovator
Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing is extremely proud to have had the opportunity to sit down and interview Steve Kulakowsky, co-owner of Core Urban Inc at his stunning rooftop office in Hamilton, Ontario. As always, we start the show with a legal perspective from Peter Cass on his experiences with Mixed Use assets. We then hear from Frank Taylor and Jared Shier on their thoughts on Steve’s episode. Then to the big show, Steve and Frank discuss Steve’s beginnings in investment real estate. Steve's start began with him obtaining his Economics Degree at McMaster University and then telling his Dad he wants to be a builder. His father then gave him excellent advice and told Steve he needed to learn from the ground up as a laborer if this was a profession he really wanted to pursue, and that is exactly what Steve did! This is a fascinating story about incredible hard work and dedication, starting with no building knowledge, having come from humble hardworking beginnings and then making Core Urban Inc one of the most recognized builders / owner / operators of mixed use / residential / retail and office space in Hamilton today, all accomplished within 20 years. Steve and Frank share a deep passion for older 100 to 150 plus year old heritage style buildings and knew each other way back when and have a mutual respect for the desire to make old, new again! If you want to know if it’s possible to go from humble beginnings to owning a massive investment real estate portfolio, this is a podcast worth listening to. So grab your pencil and paper, check out the amazing buildings that Core Urban owns and operate in advance of listening and then, enjoy all that Steve has to share. Success doesn’t happen by chance, good things happen to good people who want to make a difference in the world and Steve Kulakowsky and his fabulous partners and the Core Urban Team are those people.
We hope you all enjoy this podcast and please remember to Follow, Like and share with other like minded people.
Always remember, “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” so please feel free to call Frank to help you succeed in all things real estate.
2022 Season - Episode 5 - Market vs Inflation - Frank Taylor and Jared Shier
Episode 5 Market vs Inflation
On today’s show Episode 5 - Frank and Jared take a look at inflation, the growing geo-political tensions globally, non action in rising interest rates and an increasingly turbulent stock market, all while examining these issues through the lens of investment real estate. Specifically, we look at how rising inflation is likely to force interest rates higher at some point in the near future and how to best position yourself to take advantage of this. We also go on to discuss how the current real estate bubble coupled with increasing global instability can add greater volatility to the investment real estate market if one's not fully prepared. For those who are concerned about the conditions of the present day and are looking for ways to stabilize their real estate portfolio in an inherently unstable time, this is a great listen. We hope you enjoy it and thank you for listening to Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing!
*Note - Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing is an opinion based broadcast without warranty or liability provided. When seeking professional advice about specific matters contact Frank Taylor directly via FTC Frank Taylor Consulting which is a professional expert consulting firm.
Episode 6 - Russia / Inflation / What's Next? Featuring Frank Taylor and Eyoel Zewdie
Episode 6 - Russia / Inflation / What's Next?
With global conditions unfolding as of the date of recording, Frank Taylor and Eyoel Zewdie discuss Eyoel’s recent purchase and renovation of a duplex in London, Ontario. Eyoel presented an outline of his experiences working with Frank on his first investment property and discussed all that he’s learned to date. Eyoel also presented many questions to Frank based on the last Episode 5 with Frank and Jared to gain further insights on how the Russian / Ukraine situation could impact markets in Canada, how inflation standards are measured and how increased interest rates could impact the market, not just in the near future, but in 2023 through to 2025. We hope you enjoy this show. Many of the talking points that Frank refers to are listed below via links to source information for your review and consideration.
*Note - Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing is an opinion-based broadcast without warranty or liability provided. When seeking professional advice about specific matters contact Frank Taylor directly via FTC Frank Taylor Consulting which is a professional expert consulting firm.
Episode 7 - War! What does it mean for Real Estate here?
Episode 7 - War! What does that mean for Real Estate here?
Welcome to Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing Episode 7.
This is probably one of the most important podcasts that I will have done to date. In the segment, I will begin to outline my thoughts on what is unfolding globally and how that directly impacts real estate as a whole. This will be a brief overview that will set out what my next podcasts will be about. I hope you enjoy the show and thank you again, for joining me on Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing.
In the next series of shows soon to be released, I dive deep into the last 5o years of historical data to show how what is happening today, overlaps with the last 50 years in more ways than one could believe.
Stay tuned and jump onto my YouTube channel, Follow and hit the Notification Button as these next episodes with show fact-based data that you won't want to miss!
Episode 8 - War! How is that going to affect Inflation and the Real Estate Markets
Welcome to Episode 8 - Two-Part Special on Let’s be Frank about Real Estate
It’s one thing to talk about market conditions, it’s another to back it up with historical data. In these Two Special episodes, I provide detailed data over the past 50 years. Why 50 years? Because history has a way of repeating itself. What you will see in Part One and Part Two, I review inflation, oil prices and how that directly affects and impacts real estate. Now is the time to seriously analyze your investment portfolio big or small. The good news, as you will see for those who watch on the Let’s be Frank about Real Estate YouTube channel or listen on all podcast providers, there is time to pause and think about what is happening in the world today. It’s critically important to realize how "cause and effect" apply to all things, especially real estate. I hope you find these episodes to be helpful and informative. All data that I refer to can be found on the links below. Dig in and see if you see what I see. As always, thank you for joining me on Let’s be Frank about Real Estate Investing. I hope you enjoy these special episodes.
Episode 8 - Part One and Part Two podcast reference links below;